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Tomb lekythos

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


The lekythos is made of white marble. The neck has been broken and later restored and the foot is of new marble. Depicted on the relief on the belly of the lekythos is a scene with four figures. Shown on the far right is an old man with a stick, which must have been originally been executed in paint only.

Description of object

On a small projection two figures are rendered in relief. In the middle a young warrior clasps the hand of an elderly man. The young man wears an attic helmet with a crest, chiton, cuirass and chlamys over his shoulders and greaves on his legs. Originally a lance may have been painted in his left hand. Behind him his squire, clad in a simple exomis, carries his sword and shield. Behind the father a fourth figure, an old man, has been added outside the projection, and in lower relief. He supports himself on a stick, originally painted on, his right hand is raised to his forehead in a gesture of mourning. The neck has been broken and restored, the foot is new of marble.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic


F. Poulsen 1951, Catalogue of Ancient Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. No. 221

M. Moltesen 1995, Catalogue. Greece in the Classical Period. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, cat. No. 55.

  • IN 466
  • Vessel
  • c. 400 B.C.E
  • Classical
  • White marble
  • Bought in Athens.
  • H. 105 cm.

Selected photos

  • _mg_9022